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Community Management Statements Explained

Getting to know your community management statement All community titles schemes located in Queensland are created by registering a community management statement (CMS) with Titles Queensland, formerly the Queensland Land Titles Registry. If you want to know the rules for living in your body corporate (by-laws), who pays what towards the running and maintenance of…

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Community Education Seminars – Series Summary October 2021

Our latest round of Community Education Seminars were held all over Queensland this month, delivering the latest information on a wide range of strata-related topics. These topics ranged from committee code of conduct and reasonable decision-making to the insurance/reinsurance pool update in North Queensland, as well as covering issues such as electric vehicle charging stations,…

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Water Sub-Meters – Who’s Responsible?

The impacts of COVID have many people rethinking how they spend their money, which includes utility costs such as water. Strata Communities have varying methods of how water costs are charged to residents, depending upon how the infrastructure is set up. The charge method will either be based on individual sub-metered use or per unit…

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Balustrade Regulation Changes

Recent changes to the AS1288-2021 glass in building standard have set out revised standards for balustrades or barriers as they are now called. To help understand those changes, we asked the resident experts in glass, Beth Pope, Account Manager at O’Brien and Roland Rode, National Compliance Manager at O’Brien® to summarise the changes and what…

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Management Rights Top Ups

Can management rights agreements be “topped-up” more than once? It is current industry practice for managers to ‘top-up’ the term of their management rights agreement when it falls below the statutory term limitation prescribed by legislation. It is also common ground and accepted that the total unexpired term of the management rights agreements cannot extend…

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Policing COVID Compliance

Who polices compliance with COVID-19 public health directions in a strata community? I had hoped that my reflections on change and resilience would be the last article I wrote on the topic of COVID-19.  However, it remains at the front of everyone’s minds with NSW coming out of lockdown, Victoria going into lockdown, and Queenslanders…

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Strata Rules, By-Laws & Covenants

Strata rules, by-laws, and covenants have had a bad rap recently. But, they still offer the strata experts and DIY strata owners the best tools to customise [or even hot-rod] their strata buildings to make them perform better than standard models. Vroom vroom … Introduction Strata building rules, by-laws, and covenants are a fundamental part…

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BCM Licensing – Have your say!

We are seeking your feedback on a proposed regulatory framework for licensing of body corporate managers in Queensland. This has been a goal of SCA (Qld) since our inception in 1983. A well designed licensing regime would represent a watershed moment for our industry and create a new era of professionalism in the sector. The…

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Management Rights Transfer FAQs

If you are involved in a strata community with an on-site manager or caretaker, there may come a time when the agreements in place commonly known as management rights, change hands. If this happens, you will no doubt have lots of questions about what the rights and obligations of each party has including time frames.…

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Running Better Meetings

A good [or great] strata meeting is about much more than just the rules … Knowing and following the rules for running a strata meeting is just table stakes in the meeting and decision game as they’re just the processes and not the objective of a meeting.  Rather, good strata meetings need smart preparation, soft…

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